I've been thinking about children's stories a lot lately (and the reason for that is Another Story, a very long one, for Another Time).
If you were starting from scratch, filling a bookcase for a little one, what books would you get them?
I can't remember many special truly young books in my childhood. I had a freakishly high reading age, so I just about remember making the leap from Famous Five to Alistair MacLean. Then there were the 'family' books, stories read together or read to us - Watership Down and the Narnia stories.
I have fleeting memories of Ladybird books, though, strangely visual ones, so I can remember the exact shade of the golden ball the princess played with, before she lost it in the Frog Prince's pool. I seem to remember Mister Men books - my favourite was Mr Tickle, I think. But there was no Beatrix Potter in my childhood, and I don't think there was Winnie the Pooh, either (sacrilege!).
So building my imaginary children's library is a bit of a challenge.
What do you recommend?